August 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Richard Gere has a passion for American
Christie's auction house in New York says it will be selling 110
of his guitars on Oct. 11.
Gere says he's parting with the instruments to support
humanitarian causes around the world.
Christie's says Gere studied trumpet and is a self-taught
pianist and guitarist.
Gere said in a statement announcing the sale that he never
planned to put together a guitar collection and bought only ones he
liked and that sounded good to him.
Included in the sale are brands C.F. Martin, Gibson, Fender,
Gretsch and Epiphone, and guitars once owned by blues guitarist
Albert King and reggae musician Peter Tosh.
A selection of amplifiers also is being sold.
The sale is expected to bring $1 million.
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